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City of Bath – Somerset, England

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City of Bath

Somerset, England

In the South West England, there is a town that is too pretty for words.  It was founded in the 1st century AD by the Romans as a thermal spa (Aquae Sulis) and thus renamed Bath.

It’s current form started in the 18th century, under  in King George III.  We must give thanks  to the hard and inspired minds of  John Woods the elder (1704-1754) and the younger (1728-1782), and their interpretation of Andrea Palladio’s (1508-1580) concept of picturesque aestheticism.  We now see the seamless integration of the The Roman Baths and temple complex,  the remains of the city of Aquae Sulis, and the more modern English City.

Other architects and visionaries responsible for overall city landscape were Robert Adam , Thomas Baldwin  and John Palmer.

Bath is also a must place to visit for any Jane Austen admirer 🙂

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This Palladian bridge in the Prior Park Landscape Garden was built in 1755, and it is  one of only four in the world. is set into a sweeping valley with magnificent views of the city of Bath.

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From ‘Obsession: John Wood and the Creation of Georgian Bath’, 2004, pp95-98).

The (originally ‘Kings’) Circus (South Eastern Section – c1762-6) bathed in the late October sun of 2007, one of the best autums I can remember. As ever, the play of light across the beautiful Bath stone allows this shot to become magical! (Best viewed large size.)It has been pointed out that the Circus was originally devoid of any plants or grass, being a circle of cobbles, since Wood intended the link to nature to be a direct one-to-one relationship between the architecture and its symbolism and the open skies above – ‘a dramatic and theatrical space where the architecture took centre stage’. Wood believed that there had always existed a temple to the Sun and Moon on Lansdown hill and the Circus was to be his recreation of a temple of the Sun, with the Royal Cresent the reborn temple of the crescent moon! As such the Circus is the same internal diameter (318′) as Stone Henge, itself an ancient temple of the sun.

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Széchenyi Baths – Budapest, Hungary

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Széchenyi Baths

Bath House
(36)  1 – 363 3210
H-1146 Budapest, Állatkerti krt. 11
Budapes
t, Hungary

www.szechenyibath.com

OPEN HOURS:
6:00am – 10:00pm Every Day

The Széchenyi Baths are the heart and soul of Budapest.  Here one hears children giggling,  lovers canoodling and old-men chatting.  Truly a local hangout where you can be a part of the city, as opposed to a visitor to the city.

The Széchenyi Baths are in an exceedingly large neo-Baroque building, located on the edge of Varosliget (City Park).  The same park of the Hősök tere (Heroes’ Square) and next to the Szepmuveszeti Museum (Museum) of Fine Arts and the Mucsarnok.  In winter there is also an Ice Rink!

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There are 3 outdoor pools!  The one in the center is  large & relatively cool in temperature and  is used mostly for exercise (may people swimming laps).  The two smaller side pools are much warmer.  The far pool is quite fun and seems to be geared more towards youth, having a fast-jet spiral that draws raucus laughter out of those spinning through!  The nearer pool is geared more towards sedate conversation, chess and a slightly more introspective crowd- with large gatherings of people in conversation or huddled around gaming tables.  Of course there is plenty of cross-pollinating between all!

Inside, one can find Turkish-style thermal baths that contain heavy mineral spring water.  There is also the normal assortment of treatments and therapies available.  In summer, there is a rooftop deck open for sunbathing.

Bring swimsuit and flipflops with you.  And if you go in winter – be prepared for steaming water, frigid air and to stay in the warm water for hours! (bring a robe)

Széchenyi is certainly one of the places not to miss when you travel to Budapest.  Highest of our recommendations.

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Király Baths – Budapest, Hungary

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Király Baths

Spa & bath House
(36) 1 – 202 3688
I. Fö u. 84, Budapest
Budapest, Hungary

www.kiralyfurdo.hu.

OPEN HOURS:
9:00am – 9:00pm   Monday, Wednesday, Friday
6:30am – 7:00pm   Tuestays & Thursdays
6:30am – 1:00pm   Saturday
there are different days for men and women

Built in 1563 by the The Pasha of Buda during the Ottoman occupation

As you settle into the main pool and tilt your head back, you gaze up at the octagonal domed roof  and the tiny circular windows that filter gentle rays of sunlight onto the stone and water.   If you ever saw the original 3d modeled video game MYST, you can imagine the lighting gives and its magical atmosphere.

The main pool is surrounded by smaller baths, each with different water temperatures.  The divine thermal water is piped directly from the Lukács Baths.  This is a truly relaxing bathhouse – with no crowds or stress.  400+ years of stress washed away.

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Hotel Sochagota – Paipa, Colombia

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Hotel Sochagota

57 (1) 623 4992
57 (8) 785 0011
Km 2 via  Las Pisinas
Paipa, Boyaca , Colombia

www.hotelsochagota.com.

The Hotel Sochagota in Paipa, Boyoca (just 2.5 hours outside of Bogota), is a piece of 70’s architecture that feels lifted from one of the Sean Connery era Bond films.  It’s long, low ceilinged structure cries out for a renovation (and super villains), but you don’t come to Paipa for the architecture – You come for the stunning landscape and the healing mineral thermal waters.

The Hotel Sochagota is situated on the edge of the Sochagota lake.  A large, conspicuously round body of water surrounded by rolling green hills dotted with trees.  The department of Boyaca can be quite deceiving at times- often times tricking your mind that you are in the Swiss Alps, when in fact you are still in Colombia!

 

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The Hotel offers a Standard Room which hasa balcony with lake and garden views.  Or, as we recommend, you can opt for a private cabin which has 2 sleeping rooms, terrace, fire place (as for wood at the front desk) and, most importantly, a private thermal bath! This is quite convenient as the main pool closes early, and … it’s private 🙂

The key to Paipa is the water.  It is heated by deep underground volcanic vents which infuse it with minerals.  This makes for a highly rejuvenating bath that soothes away pain and ache.  Being devotees of bath culture from Budapest to Japan, we say that Paipa offers some of the best water to be found.  We highly recommend the private cabin and a day and night of solid soaking!

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Hotel Sochagota can organize a horse back riding tour of the surrounding area; or you can relax at the spa treatments or take a lovely walk in the forest.  We didn’t look into it, but we saw people sailing, water and jet-skiing, etc on the lake and I’m sure you could do any of those.

The menu, like the architecture,  is also stuck in the 70s; only eat at the hotel in a pinch.  There are a bunch of local restaurants on the road to town.  We frequented the little roadside gem, Frutilandia! They saved us from our hunger with addicting Almohabanas (a pastry typical from the region); Changua (milk soup with poached eggs cilantro cheese and scallions- see photo below) and Cuajada, a soft white cheese similar in flavour to cottage cheese and usually served with caramel on top (you can order it plain and it is very good with olive oil and salt).

 

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(above left photo ©Patton) “Monument to “Los Lanceros”, created by Rodrigo Arenas Betancur conmemorating the Pantano de Vargas Battle in July 25th 1819, which was decicive for Colombia’s Independence.  You can visit this monument on the road to the hotel

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